Five injured after campervan veers into creek

CAROLINE KING
Last updated 12:57 12/02/2013
Campervan crash

CHARGES LAID: Five Australian tourists were injured yesterday when their campervan crashed into a creek in the Mackenzie District.

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Five tourists were injured when a campervan crashed into a creek in South Canterbury yesterday.

Senior Constable Brent Swanson, of Tekapo, said the vehicle veered off State Highway 8 just east of Burkes Pass about 4.45pm.

He said the five occupants were tourists from Australia who had been in the country only a few days.

"It pretty much finished their holiday," Swanson said.

The driver, a 35-year-old woman, had been charged with careless use of a motor vehicle causing injury and would appear in court on Thursday.

A Westpac rescue helicopter spokesman said two women suffered serious chest and abdominal injuries and were flown to Christchurch Hospital.

Two other people sustained moderate injuries and were taken by ambulance to Timaru Hospital, along with the driver, who had minor injuries.

Swanson said there had been other incidents in the area last weekend involving overseas drivers.

A head-on crash occurred on SH8 near Lake Pukaki on Saturday afternoon after a vehicle driven by an Austrian man in his 20s collided with another vehicle.

An Australian couple in the other vehicle suffered moderate injuries.

They were still receiving treatment at Timaru Hospital, Swanson said.

The Austrian driver, who faces charges, was taken to Christchurch Hospital.

On Sunday, an Indian man was charged with careless driving after continuously driving on the wrong side of the road, Swanson said.

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